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Make the Most of Your Small Kitchen

While small apartments and homes may be cozy, some spaces can feel crowded—especially kitchens. Kitchens by Oaks has some ideas for taking your kitchen from cramped to cozy. Refresh your space with some of our small kitchen solutions today.

Double Duty Table

Not enough counter space seems to be the number one complaint with small kitchens. If you lack counters, try choosing a table that can serve as an area for food prep and dining. This provides you with the “counter” space you need without adding anything extra to your kitchen.


Peninsula Seating

If your dining area is a little tight, use your peninsula or island as extra seating. Just add a barstool or two!


Organize Your Cabinets

In smaller spaces, organization is essential to maximize your space. Use risers, mug hooks, spice racks, and other options, so you don’t waste an inch. Don’t fall into an “out of sight, out of mind” mindset. The messier your cabinets are, the more space you’re wasting.


Sleek Look

Match your appliances, cabinetry, and countertops for a sleek, modern look that will make your kitchen seem larger than it is.


Use White

Light colors make any space look larger. Choose lighter hues or shades of white paint to make any space appear bigger.


If you’re using light colors to make your kitchen look larger, you can still use patterns! Think chevron patterns on your floor or walls to liven up the room. Use a single color throughout and add the visual surprise of a patterned accent wall for fun.


Clutter on your countertops will serve to make your space feel crowded and small. Use your organized cabinets and drawers to store things and get in the habit of putting things away rather than leaving them out. It may take you an extra 30 seconds to take out that sauté pan, but it’s worth it.



Flood your space with light. The lighter it is, the larger it will seem. Whether that means getting rid of curtains for more natural light or installing new LED fixtures, you’ll be surprised at the effect of more light in your kitchen.


Use Mirrors

Consider a mirrored backsplash, or hang a mirror above the table. Mirrors will open up your room and reflect more light, giving the illusion of more space.


Tried everything and still can’t stand your tiny kitchen? Give us a call at 585-349-8100 to talk about a kitchen remodel. Our designers have the knowledge and experience to make any space into the kitchen of your dreams!